On March 3, 2011, after nearly three-quarters of a century of earthly love, Teryl Dayton Healy, age 74, gently let go of the hand of her son Kevin and rejoined the company of her beloved husband, CAPT Howard R. Healy, Jr, USN, who predeceased her in 1995.
Teryl was a Naval Officer's wife for a nearly 30 year career, before retiring to Sonoma County to be near her parents, Mac and Larry Dayton of Petaluma, who passed in 1992 and 1986 respectively. Teryl's father, who many knew as "Baba" was the US Attorney for Northern California under Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy.
Second only to her family, Teryl loved the arts. She was a prolific watercolorist, being a member of the Marin Society of Artists and numerous other artistic bodies. She was part of the Artist Advisory Board for the California State Fair for several years in the 80's and 90's.
Her greatest instrument was, however, her voice. Teryl loved singing with the Sonoma County Chorus, and later the Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus; she served as a board member and president several times and took great joy in celebrating their 75th Anniversary in 2010 with Conductor Dan Earl and so many of her Chorus friends. Even though challenged by physical restrictions and pain, she spent hundreds of hours working on the artwork for same so that it was as perfect as she could help make it.
Teryl loved to fly with Howard and Kevin whenever she could and was often both of our co-pilots. She felt free in the air and that was often the subject of her paintings, whether off the California Coast or Yosemite or the Sonoma Wine Country. Teryl substitute taught public school and taught many art classes. She also led numerous choral groups at Naval bases across the country following her husband's career.
Teryl was born in Oakland, CA and she grew up enjoying being in the water, whether it was teaching swimming, lifeguarding, or doing synchronized swimming with friends. She worked training dogs in high school, but it seemed that Kevin's Husky Heidi spent more time lately trying to train Teryl; they were best friends to the end and Heidi was often at Teryl's bedside in the hospital. Kevin, Teryl, and Heidi even went to local nursing homes on holidays to cheer up those less fortunate.
Teryl graduated from Oakland High School and attended San Francisco State University, before meeting the love of her life, Howard, at the UC Berkeley at their Neuman Club. Always considering herself married to Howard, in 2007 she and Kevin privately celebrated their 50th with a road trip to cherished places. Long after Howard's passing, they are back together now.
Teryl is survived by her two sons, Patrick and Kevin, her three grandchildren, Arron, Sarah, and Daniel, and she was preceded in death by her beloved daughter, Erin, in 1985. She is also survived by her sister, Laryon Owens and many other relatives and loved ones.
Teryl was ever thankful for those who loved her and those who are so important in the life of her son LT Kevin M. Healy, JAGC, USN. Teryl had a zest for life and liked things "Just So." She lived life with style and believed that nothing is impossible! Her mortal passing was peaceful and she celebrated Holy Communion as her last conscious act.
In lieu of flowers, any remembrances are asked to be directed to the Teryl Dayton Healy Endowment for the Arts, c/o Kevin Healy, P.O. Box 1802, Sebastopol, CA 95473 or any US Bank, to help Artists and the Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus. Friends and family are invited to attend the Funeral Mass, Friday, March 18, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. at Resurrection Parish, 303 Stony Point Rd., Santa Rosa. A Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 17, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a Vigil Rosary Service at 7:00 p.m. at the PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY &s; CREMATORY, 850 Keokuk St., Petaluma. Interment: Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Santa Rosa.